Supporting schools can help transform lives
Our entrepreneurial approach to teaching and learning supports young people’s development of essential skills and attributes for life and work, which complement and underpin academic attainment, and prepare them for success in adult life.
Your support can help us seek out more innovative solutions to help young people leave school primed to succeed.
We support schools in areas where the outcomes students leave education with, their opportunities and the prospects are most limited. Across England 4,500 students attending Aldridge sponsored schools at primary, secondary and sixth-form level.
Our entrepreneurial approach is proven to re-engage students who’s previous experiences of education may not have been positive, and accelerate their academic success. For example, our first sponsored school – Darwen Aldridge Community Academy – bought 6th form education back to the town and saw record A-Level results in 2012 at 99.4% and in 2013 this was topped when the Academy had an overall pass rate of 100%. This has been maintained since and in 2015 a record breaking number of students went on to university, 70% of whom were the first in their families ever to do so.
Unique facilities such as Aldridge Creates stimulate genuine new businesses and social projects in schools run by both students and young members of their local communities
We are a lead partner for two new schools which opened in September 2015: UTC@harbourside, Newhaven which will provide training in emerging industries by specialising in Marine and Environmental Engineering; and UTC@MediaCityUK , Salford which will work with some of the most prestigious names in the digital and media industry to revolutionise the way young people develop crucial skills and pathways to jobs
The Aldridge Entrepreneurship School is under development and will offer a new kind of learning to young people. For the first time in England, students will achieve academic qualifications in line with the national curriculum whilst working in teams as a major part of their education, running their own companies from the outset.
The Foundation and our schools work closely with a wide range of partners from businesses, local authorities, charities, schools and colleges, universities and sports organisations to increase the opportunities and life-experiences available to our students. We are being approached to help more primary and secondary schools and are always keen to talk to potential partners who can help us transform the lives of students and the communities they live in.
To find out more about supporting the innovative work of the Foundation, and help more young people leave school life ready, work ready and independent, please contact Beki Martin.